KY Sisters Settle Social Security Dispute

A pair of southeastern Kentucky sisters will get Social Security numbers and cards after settling a lawsuit with the federal government.

Raechel and Stephanie Schultz of Lily, Ky., sued the U.S. State Department and Social Security Administration in July, after being denied a passport and a Social Security card for lack of documentation proving they are citizens.

Neither was born in a hospital and their births were recorded only in a family Bible, but otherwise undocumented. In 2009, the women sued in state court to get birth certificates and won a judge’s order granting them the records.

Under the settlement, the State Department will issue passport cards to the sisters, who can then use those cards to apply for and receive a Social Security number.